If Sharon Burke is late arriving at her destination, she could be stopped along a road somewhere snapping photographs of something that caught her eye.
“Some days when the sun is hitting just right or a mist is rolling in or the leaves are at their peak I might make 10 stops and take 500 or more photos – which is the luxury of digital photography,” said Burke. She described her photography as “along the way,” reflecting how something catches her eye along the road in between where she left from and where she is headed. Her inspiration is the world around her.
“It (her passion for photography) is also why I am often late arriving at my destination – but to me it is time well spent as it inspires a sense of optimism,” added Burke, Clarks Summit Second Friday Art Walk March featured artist. Her photographs will be exhibited at Duffy’s Coffee House, 312 S. State Street. The art walk will be held March 8, 5 to 9 p.m.
Burke and her husband operate Endless Mountains Daylily Farm, a flower farm in Newton Township, where the daylilies they grow, as well as the old machinery and some farm animals, are often the subject of her photos.
Some other scenes that have captivated her: barns, vistas and waterways, a reflection in a puddle, the sun breaking through clouds, mist on a field, a water droplet reflected on a spider web, old buildings, a broken headstone at a cemetery, an unhinged barn door, an inchworm making its way up a plant stem or even the way frost forms on her car.
“I also enjoy the changing of the seasons and often take pictures of the same scene at many different times of the year and put these together in photo collages to show the passage of time,” she said.
One of Burke’s favorite photos is a fall scene taken several years ago of her son standing on the dock of Handsome Lake in the foreground, “with his arms outstretched over his head, with a wide view of the lake behind him bordered by a vista of trees showcasing their best autumn colors, which are also reflected in the lake.”
The majority of her photos are taken with a pocket- sized camera she always carries.
Her photos and art cards are available at “Art Seen Gallery,” an artisans marketplace South Main Street, Pittston, and her photo cards at Duffy’s Coffee Shop and Bits and Spur Tack Shop, Clarks Summit. She encourages people to “like” her Facebook page to see more of her photos: Visit facebook.com/EndlessMountainsDaylilyFarm.
Burke serves as executive director for Institutional Advancement at Keystone College, La Plume. She studied photography in high school. But with her father Phillips Butler and brother Tim Butler working as professional photographers, it has always been a part of her life, she said. “Every now and then my Dad would bring me along to work and I used to love being in the dark room watching the photos appear like magic.”
An “After Art Walk Party” will begin at 7 p.m. at Duffy’s Coffee House with live music from duo Robbie Walsh and Jack Foley. For more information, contact Charles Charlesworth at [email protected]